IANA wishes to express support for our members, their families and communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as wildfires in the west.
In the wake of these calamities, IANA is supporting the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) which enables transportation, warehousing and distribution businesses to support disaster relief in ways that leverage their strengths. See the latest ALAN situation report here, including a request for input as they create a consolidated list of cargo needing shipment.
Note that ALAN, LIFT and MIT’s Humanitarian Response Lab continue to host a daily private sector supply chain coordination calls. To request access to this call, please email email@example.com. The group serves as a forum for business collaboration, information and resource sharing, and problem identification and resolution. They are currently scheduled for Monday / Wednesday / Friday.
As of 10/11, DHS and FEMA are holding daily private sector coordination calls at 3 PM Eastern. Dial-in number and participant passcode/pin: Dial-In #: 800-324-5531 pin: 798364. NBEOC Operations Dashboard: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/maria2017
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is assisting commercial motor vehicle operations providing hurricane-related assistance with emergency declarations and regulatory relief. See the relevant FMCSA emergency page as well as the webpages for Harvey and Irma.
Also, see the National Business Emergency Operations Center webpage for a summary of FMCSA permits and waivers related to the storms.
Additionally, anyone who has been affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma should register for FEMA assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA or visiting https://www.disasterassistance.gov.
The State of Florida and FEMA both have Business Emergency Operations Centers to support the private sector with information. Register for the Florida BEOC at http://flvbeoc.org and the National BEOC at https://www.fema.gov/nbeoc.
Another source of consolidated information is the NEMA/IAEM Unified Information Portal which does not require registration. A power outage map for both Florida and Texas can be found there.
The voluntary organizations active in disaster have emphasized that cash donations to reputable non-profits are the best way to help disaster survivors. You can read guidance here from NVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) as well as an explanation from ALAN on why cash donations make supply chain sense.
ALAN needs input from logistics companies as they get back to business and commerce is restored. Please complete and share their brief information data gathering form.
Current requests for donated logistics support are posted on their needs map. If you don’t see a current need that matches your capabilities, you may offer your assistance here: http://alanaid.org/how-to-help/offerinkind/.
Let us know what your company is doing to support the relief efforts. Send updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.